Reasons Why Your Teeth Might Hurt
A toothache can come with persistent throbbing pain and can become severe. You probably don’t need to be told to contact your dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing this emergency.
Signs that indicate that you should see a dentist
- Bleeding in your mouth
- Swelling around the tooth
- Foul taste in your mouth or bad breath
- Facial swelling
Other factors that cause tooth pain
- Infected nerve
- Trauma to the tooth or surrounding tissue
- Tooth decay
- Damaged dental work
- Infections in the mouth
- Abscessed tooth
- Teeth grinding
What To Do If Your Teeth Hurt
If you are experiencing tooth pain, the first thing to do is to stop any bleeding using gauze. If the tooth (or a piece of a tooth) has been lost, try to locate it. Once your tooth has been located, dust off any debris, and make sure you don't run water over your tooth.
If possible, place the tooth carefully into the socket, and bite down gently. If you’re not able to push the tooth back into the socket, add some milk to a lidded container and place the tooth inside. This may help preserve the tooth and make it more likely that your dentist will be able to replace it.
If swelling or pain persists, you can take over-the-counter painkillers as long as you follow the instructions properly and you can apply an icepack to the affected area.
You should then make an appointment with your dentist so the issue can be diagnosed and treated. Note that most dental pain will not stop on its own, and attempting to diagnose or treat the issue yourself could lead to serious issues long-term.
Depending on how you've come to be in pain, our dentists at Odyssey Dental Care in Winnipeg may either tell you that you should come to our office right away for treatment, or the office staff will make you an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Bookmark our website or search “dentist near me” in your favourite search engine and we will likely pop up.
If you've sustained damage to your tooth from trauma, or if you have severe pain that won't go away with at-home remedies, contact our office as soon as you safely can. We will make room for you in our schedule as soon as possible for emergency dental treatment.
If your case is less severe, here are some other things you can do to manage your discomfort until your appointment time:
- Record your pain
- Keep your teeth clean
- Rinse your mouth using salt water
- If the tooth is broken, apply a piece of gauze over the jagged edge of the tooth